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This Week: Security
This Week
September 30, 2005

This week on NOW:

The stories of incompetence at FEMA in the aftermath of Katrina have become legend. How did this agency, once respected for its disaster response efforts, become so startlingly mismanaged and ineffective? NOW's Maria Hinojosa investigates the management mess at FEMA through the eyes of insiders and former insiders at the agency. The report documents the depletion of resources, cronyism, and lack of support at the highest levels of government that have crippled the agency and contributed to Katrina response failures.

Texans for Public Justice (TPJ) filed a formal complaint with the Travis County District Attorney helping to begin an investigation into what appeared to be unlawful uses of corporate funds by Congressman Tom DeLay's Texans for Republican Majority PAC (TRMPAC). This week, a Travis County Grand Jury charged DeLay with criminally conspiring with TRMPAC David Brancaccio gets inside perspective on the case against DeLay from Craig McDonald, Executive Director of TPJ, an Austin-based non-profit which takes on political corruption and corporate abuses in Texas.

In Depth


The Federal Emergency Management Agency

Federal Flood Insurance

Katrina on NOW

Threat Alert

Emergency Response Map

For Educators: Katrina — You Be the Reporter

Tom DeLay's Ethics Problems


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Disaster Agency (16:35)

Craig McDonald (3:43)

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Disaster Agency
Correspondent: Maria Hinojosa
Producer: Brenda Breslauer
Editor: Alison Amron

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